A motorsport program can do amazing things for OEMs. The kind of lessons, as well as engineering, that can be learned from such a program often trickle down to much greater things for racers’ road-going colleagues. This is exactly what Opel is planning to achieve as well.
Opel has recently announced that they are building an Astra touring car for 2016 that will be available for global customer racing. Currently, they are coordinating with TCR regulations towards this endeavor. The TCR Series kicked off earlier in 2015 and incorporates three pillars: national, continental and international motorsport series. What makes the TCR series much distinct from all others is its linear approach to motorsports.
Opel wants to expand their motorsport activities by having more races in customer touring car racing.
Based on the upcoming Astra touring car -- which is set to celebrate its world premiere during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015 -- the motorsports branch of the Rüsselsheim-based automobile manufacturer is building the Astra in accordance with the present rules and regulations that govern the TCR series for both national and intercontinental customer racing.
All the three pillars in the series adhere to the same technical regulations, meaning that cars are free to race across the planet without any need for them to undergo any tweaking or technical modifications.
According to the Opel Group CMO, Tina Müller, touring car racing has been a very crucial part of Opel and will always remain so. Therefore, the philosophy that the new TCR series subscribes to augurs well with Opel’s idea of customer car-racing. She added that Opel wants to provide a platform for ambitious privately-owned motorsport teams to enjoy the sport at affordable costs.
Opel has also enabled us have a peek into what kind of power we could be seeing from a 2016 Astra touring car: the 2.0-liter turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine will have a total output of 330-hp and 302-lb-ft in torque power. This makes the car a mighty potent hatchback.
Details about other technical specifications are going to be released later, according to Opel.
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